Local Projects Honored with CLIDE Awards!
2003 CLIDE Award Winners
Leadership Award for New Development
Addison Circle has brought density and a sense of community to Addison, Texas. Located in a northern suburb of Dallas, the 80-acre mixed-use project is the result of a public/private partnership between the developer, landowner, and the town of Addison. Designed by a team of planners, architects, and landscape architects, Addison Circle ultimately will tally some 3,000 plus dwelling units intermixed with neighborhood retail, parks, and civic space, as well as up to four million square feet of offices and commercial uses. At about 60 dwelling units per acre (net), the mostly rental project is more than twice as dense as the typical north Dallas garden apartment project. Yet, Addison Circle has a sense of place and community not often seen in the typical new development.
The outcome of this project has been a sustainable, integrated, mixed-use residential development that serves as a vibrant center for the community and a blueprint for other future projects. The city manager has described the project as, ".the next important step for our town.The District links new housing with employment opportunities and also existing civic uses. The new public use areas are a wonderful addition to our community and will provide a more defined setting for special events."
The jury praised Addison Circle, saying:
Through the collaboration of the City of Addison and private investors, a true urban place has been created within what was once a placeless "edge city" environment. A consistent scale, sensitive use of coordinated materials, well planned open spaces, carefully hidden parking, and ground level retail -- all contribute to the overall success of this development. It is a demonstration that apartment living in a lively, walkable neighborhood can succeed in a suburban marketplace. Completion of the projected plan and connection to a future DART line will enhance this development even more.
Legacy Town Center is a mixed-use sustainable high-density town center located within a 3,000 plus acre suburban business park. This project aims to introduce urbanism as a new commodity in a landscape of quintessential suburban character. Legacy Town Center is an infill development amidst existing corporate campuses and can be considered a new suburban typology that could become the model for similar projects nationwide. The challenge was to create a new realm that responded to, embraced, and transformed an existing suburban business park, which had been nationally recognized as a model of commercial master planning, flexibility, and diversity.
The 150-acre project, located in Plano, Texas, will be a combination of live/work urban fabric that will tie in with its single use neighbors, providing a pedestrian-scaled, dynamic and rich set of experiences. At the heart of the development is a network of interconnected streets and open space that were designed to encourage walking by residents, daily workers, and visitors to the area. This development will serve as both the center of activity for the neighborhood, but also extend beyond its boundaries to the community as a whole.
Southlake Town Square creates a new "downtown" that serves the City of Southlake and northeast Tarrant County. Southlake Town Square is designed to be more than an outdoor shopping mall and stands in contrast to "standard" and all too common suburban shopping centers. Pedestrian design, public spaces, quality design and construction, and a mix of uses including restaurants, offices, and retail stores has made Southlake Town Square a destination location and community gathering place for events and entertainment. Civic uses including Southlake Town Hall, a library, and a post office along with planned residential Brownstones and a hotel round out the mix. In making their selection, the Awards Jury noted that "Southlake Town [Square] creates a strong sense of place and good pedestrian connections, making it far superior to an ordinary retail development. The addition of the town hall makes this development a town center in fact as well as in name."
Leadership Award for Redevelopment
Downtown Plano, for many years the forgotten commercial center of a farming community transformed by suburbanization, has re-emerged as a vital, active mixed-use urban center. The vision of downtown Plano as a transit village began in 1997 through the City's update of the Downtown Development Plan. Spurred by the arrival of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail system in 2002, Amicus Partners has redeveloped a strip shopping center and a single-story office building into a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly urban village of 3 and 4 story buildings housing apartments, shops, offices, and restaurants. Historic commercial and civic buildings are also being restored by various parties, including the adaptive reuse of the city's first school gymnasium as a 325-seat performing arts theater. The Awards Jury recognized Downtown Plano Transit Village for "redevelop[ing] the heart of the city into a clean, attractive and historic urban center that will attract shoppers, pedestrians and neighbors to Plano."
The Fort Worth Rail Market, located adjacent to the Intermodal Transportation Center in Downtown Fort Worth, is an excellent example of the adaptive reuse of a historic building to add vitality to a somewhat neglected area. Through a public private partnership between Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), and the City of Fort Worth, the long-vacant Santa Fe Northern Warehouse was redeveloped into a public market offering a variety of products to Trinity Railway Express commuters and others.
As the Awards Jury noted, the Fort Worth Rail Market is an "exceptional reuse of a building, tying market, downtown, transit and entertainment in one venue with easy access." The Rail Market will likely serve as a driver for additional investment in the area and lead to redevelopment of other historic buildings and underutilized properties into residential, entertainment, retail and office uses.
Leadership Award for Planning and Policy
The Urban Village Development Program is a partnership between the City of Fort Worth, private developers, business groups, and neighborhood associations to transform many of the central city's older commercial districts into vibrant urban villages. These active, diverse, mixed-use areas are already attracting investment to the central city, promoting pedestrian and transit-oriented development.
This program is the centerpiece of the City's central city revitalization effort. The cities vision for each of the villages is unique, yet they all share certain characteristics; a concentration of jobs, housing, commercial uses, public spaces, public transportation and pedestrian activity. Three strategies -- capital improvements, mixed use zoning and economic incentives -- are central to the urban village program and are currently being utilized by the city to encourage investors. Nearly $63.3 million in public funds has been secured for development and to date, five of the thirteen planned urban villages have been rezoned to mix-use. This mix of uses in the village, including a variety of owner- and renter-occupied multifamily residential, is envisioned to be located in taller buildings with minimal setbacks from the street and reduced parking requirements, achieving the densities necessary to support transit and pedestrian activity, attract private investment and create a sense of place.
According to the CLIDE Awards Jury:
The Fort Worth Urban Village Development Plan represents a rigorous process resulting in a sound plan of wide range of development options. It recognizes the individual characteristics of each community to create quality place to live and work.
The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board's commitment to achieving development excellence as the standard throughout DFW Airport has resulted in a cadre of projects that exemplify the principles of development excellence that include environmental stewardship, quality places, and resource efficiency.
Examples of leading edge initiatives include:
- the DFW International Airport Commissioning Policy that focuses on efficient and effective use of building systems and energy efficient environments;
- the construction of projects designed to maintain the water quality standard in the receiving waters surrounding DFW Airport;
- the construction of energy improvements, specifically in relation to the new International Terminal D construction and redevelopment of the DFW Airport Central Utilities Plant; and
- the quality place and pedestrian friendly plan of the International Terminal D Public Arts program.
Proposed floor art work for Terminal D.
Started in February of 2001, the Trinity River Vision was completed in March 2003 after numerous public meetings and a tremendous amount of involvement and feedback from neighborhoods throughout all of Tarrant County, interest groups, segment groups, stakeholders and public citizens.
The CLIDE jury complimented the plan, saying: "It's a plan that offers a realistic opportunity to enhance and protect a precious natural resource while thoughtfully setting the stage for superior future development."
The Trinity River Vision is a plan to preserve and enhance the Trinity River and its corridors so they remain essential greenways for open space, trails, neighborhood focal points, wildlife, and special recreation areas. This vision entails preserving and enhancing approximately 88 miles of river and major tributary corridors in Tarrant County, including the Clear Fork Trinity River, West Fork Trinity River, Mary's Creek, Marine Creek, and Sycamore Creek. These riparian corridors are critical elements in preserving environmental quality and a high quality of life that attracts people to locate and stay in Fort Worth.
This plan promotes a wide variety of development options within the central city area of Fort Worth with a goal to prevent urban sprawl by promoting a healthy, vibrant downtown. The Trinity River Vision encourages higher densities and redevelopment and lays the groundwork to accommodate Downtown Fort Worth to double in population over the next 40 years.
Leadership Award for Raising Public Awareness
The City of Richardson published a "Frequently Asked Questions" column in its Richardson Today newspaper explaining the concept of transit-oriented development (TOD) and the impending opening of Richardson's four DART light rail stations. Richardson Today is the city's informational newspaper, distributed to every household in the City each month. In addition, the paper is available at municipal facilities throughout the city, including City Hall, recreation centers, and the public library. Current circulation is 37,000 per month.
The series of articles began in December of 2001 and ran through July of 2002. A total of eight articles were written, each included three to four questions and answers about light rail and transit-oriented development. The goal of the series was to raise public awareness of DART, Richardson's light rail stations, and the benefits of transit-oriented development.